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UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Monday, December 22 Broadcast Time
Charleston Southern at 24/25 Colorado State MWN 6 p.m. PT
Jacksonville State at Air Force MWN 7 p.m. MT
Marshall at Nevada MWN 7 p.m. PT
Las Vegas Classic (Las Vegas, Nev.)
   Boise State vs. Houston
  7:30 p.m. PT
UC Riverside at RV/23 San Dieog State FSSD/MWN 8 p.m. PT
Tuesday, December 23 Broadcast Time
New Mexico at Grand Canyon   7 p.m. MT
Wyoming at Montana State   7 p.m. MT
3/3 Arizona at UNLV CBSSN 7 p.m. PT
Las Vegas Classic (Las Vegas, Nev.)
   Boise State vs. Texas Tec/Loyola
FS1 TBD
Saturday, December 27 Broadcast Time
24/25 Colorado State at New Mexico State ROOT 7 p.m. MT
Wayland Baptist at Utah State MWN 7 p.m. MT
San Diego Christian at RV/23 San Diego State FSSD/MWN 7 p.m. PT
Southern Utah at UNLV MWN 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, December 28 Broadcast Time
St. Katherine at Fresno State MWN 1 p.m. PT
Northwest Christian at Nevada MWN 3 p.m. PT
*Mountain West game

 

RAMS, AZTECS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Colorado State’s 11-0 start has the Rams ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ Top-25 polls for the second time in three seasons, with CSU being listed at No. 24 in the AP rankings and No. 25 by the Coaches’ panel. Colorado State was ranked for two weeks during the team’s 26-9 campaign in 2012-13, coming in at No. 24/24 (AP/USA Today) on Feb. 11, and moving up to No. 22/21 in the Feb. 18 polls before dropping out the following week.

San Diego State (8-3) slipped out of the AP poll, ending a streak of 22 consecutive weeks of being ranked by that publication. The Aztecs remained in the Coaches’ poll for the 23rd straight week, coming in at No. 23.

 

COLORADO STATE REMAINS UNBEATEN
Colorado State pushed its season-opening win streak to 11 games with a victory over Denver last week. At 11-0, the Rams enter the week as one of nine unbeaten teams nationally, joining Arizona (12-0), Kentucky (12-0), TCU (11-0), Villanova (11-0), Virginia (11-0), Duke (10-0), Louisville (10-0) and Washington (10-0).

Colorado State’s 11-0 start is the best in program history, surpassing the previous record of 6-0, which was accomplished three times (1970-71; 2005-06; 2012-13). The 11-game win streak is the Rams’ longest since the formation of the Mountain West, and is tied for the longest in program history, matching the school record set originally during the 1988-89 season.

The Rams’ 11 consecutive victories to open the season is tied with TCU, Villanova and Virginia for the second-longest active win streak in the nation through games of Dec. 21.

 

HOME SWEET HOME
San Diego State has won 20 consecutive games at Viejas Arena and enters the week with the nation’s sixth-longest active home win streak. The Aztecs’ last loss in Viejas Arena was a 69-60 setback to then-No. 6/5 Arizona on Nov. 14, 2013. The 20-game run is SDSU’s longest home win streak in the Division I era and the second-longest in school history overall (22 from 1966-68).

 

BLOCK PARTY
Just a junior, San Diego State forward Skylar Spencer already sits within striking distance of the Mountain West’s Top-5 for career blocks, ranking sixth with 172 rejections to his credit through games of Dec. 21. Wyoming’s Justin Williams holds the league’s all-time record, blocking 244 shot attempts from 2004-06.

 

DOWNTOWN DRMIC
Boise State’s Anthony Drmic is making a run at the Mountain West’s top five for career 3-point attempts. Through games of Dec. 21, the senior guard is tied with New Mexico’s Chad Toppert for seventh on the league’s all-time list with 606 attempts from behind the arc. San Diego State’s Brandon Heath holds the Conference record with 798 3-point attempts from 2003-07.

 

DIALING FROM LONG DISTANCE
UNLV currently holds the NCAA record for consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointer. Since the official adoption of the 3-point rule at the start of the 1986-87 season, the Runnin’ Rebels have connected on at least one trey in all 917 of their games. UNLV, Princeton, Vanderbilt are the only three teams in the country to have made at least one 3-pointer in every one of their games since the rule was implemented.

 

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